NINETEENTH TALK 393 Brahmana thread, the most important Brahmana possession, put upon him as a boy when he was made a Brahmana, and worn always by him. He changes the actual thread, bufc^continues to wear the same symbol till the day of his death, and that, the most sacred symbol of all, the Sannyasi breaks and throws away. When our President instituted at Adyar the Order of the Theosophical Sannyasis, that was part of the ceremony of the induction. These people came before her in the shrine room and took certain vows to serve the Masters and to acknowledge her as the head of their order, and simultaneously broke their threads and gave them to her, thereby renounc- ing their position in the highest caste because they had risen above caste. That shows how, in the very land of ceremonies, they recognise that these things are not necessary. But remember that a man may perform them for the sake of others, when he himself has got quite beyond the necessity for them. Many men in India, I am sure, do that. Many Theosophists, who know that the ceremonies are of no real necessity for them, continue to perform them for the sake of others who are helped by them. In an English village also the squire of the village continues to go to Church for the sake of setting an example to the villagers, even though he himself may have his doubts about the value of the teaching" on many points.